T.Y. Hilton Among The NFL's Greatest Wide Receivers After Four Seasons

Intro: Look at T.Y. Hilton’s numbers after four seasons and it ranks up there with some of the NFL’s greatest receivers of all-time.

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ANDERSON, Ind. – The first three names on the list are: Moss, Holt and Rice.

The next three are still torching defensive backs today: Green, Boldin and Fitzgerald.

No. 7 on this list: T.Y. Hilton.

Any association with the names above is some of the highest praise a receiver can garner.

T.Y. Hilton's 4,413 receiving yards are the 7th most in NFL history for a player in their first four seasons in the league.

Of the six guys above Hilton on the list, five were taken in the first 21 picks of their respective drafts (Anquan Boldin was a second-rounder).

So, yes, Hilton's 4,413 receiving yards in his first four seasons are the most by any wide receiver chosen in the third round or later of an NFL Draft.

Taken with the 91st overall pick back in 2012, Hilton's ascent into his fifth NFL season is still rising.

"(Hilton) came in and had probably the best offseason that he's had," Chuck Pagano says of his Pro Bowl wideout. "He is in the best shape that he's ever been in."

During the team's offseason program this spring, Pagano raved about Hilton's play on the field.

The rapport between Andrew Luck and Hilton has always looked smooth.

After a hiatus of that last season, the two are back in sync.

This offseason, Luck talked about re-building his base from a fundamental standpoint.

Hilton had the same thinking, too.

"Started from the bottom and worked my way up," Hilton said of his own offseason focus.

"Worked on route running, foot work, catching the ball, looking it in, yards after the catch, making sure that I'm explosive, just my all around game."

Another area the Colts need Hilton to expand on is being a veteran presence within a receiver room that doesn't have the wily vet they have grown accustomed to.

In Week One of camp, Phillip Dorsett took notice of Hilton staying inside the wide receiver meeting room a little longer to help a pair of rookies get a better understanding of a concept.

That's music to the ears of Pagano.

"From a leadership role, we understand that there are some veteran guys that left that room," Pagano says. "Reggie (Wayne) a couple years ago and Andre (Johnson) is not in that room anymore. Naturally guys grow into that role and (Hilton) embraced that role as far as a leader, mentoring the young guys. But really it was by his actions, being here, being present, working his tail off and playing at a really high speed and high level.

"He had a great offseason and he will have a great Training Camp, which will lead to a fantastic season. He's made a bunch of plays, we all know that, but now it's taking the next step."

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